“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
This quote is as true today as it’s ever been. Competition is high, so making good first impressions can have lasting benefits in all sorts of ways.
We should never judge or discriminate. However, perceptions of people can be influenced in a matter of minutes – sometimes without even communicating with them. We all make first impressions, whether we know it or not. As models, first impressions are just as valuable as putting in a hard day’s work.
As industry leaders in the world of commercial modelling, we’re always available to give help and advice to our talent. Preparation is a crucial part of a model’s success, and all models should be equipped with some knowledge of the client prior to performing in front of cameras. That said, working well on assignment and gelling with on-set photographers and film makers makes the job that little bit smoother. This is where first impressions can really be the difference between a good day’s shooting and a great day’s work.
How to make good first impressions is down to the model. Other than repeated assignments with the same client and on-set professionals, a model will usually have never met the client and any other models chosen for the shoot. It’s essential that everyone is socially compatible and in sync with everyone involved. Making a solid first impression will act as a firm foundation to an enjoyable modelling experience, which is exactly what we – and models and clients – want.
Here are some cast-iron Models Direct tips to create a superb first impression whilst on set.
1. Be knowledgeable without coming across as overconfident. Know the basics of the client you’re working with: what they sell, what their customer-base is, where their Head Office is (if they have one). A little inside information will impress them and shows that you’ve taken interest in their business.
2. Wear appropriate clothes. If you’re not asked to wear something specific on the assignment, opt for something smart and neutral. Ladies could wear plain formal dresses or business trousers, and plain suits or casual collared shirts for the gents are a safe option.
3. Be punctual. No one likes lateness. If you’re going to be late, contact us immediately so we can inform the client. Being late is sometimes unavoidable, but not telling anyone is unforgivable.
4. Ask for the right first point of contact. We’ll inform all models of who to speak to first.
5. Be approachable and friendly without overdoing it. Smiling is a universal sign of openness and sincerity.
6. Ask questions when required, and take genuine interest in all areas of the assignment: how the clients and photographers work and what the end result should be.
7. If you’re new to modelling and it’s your first assignment, give your Models Direct booking agent feedback of the day. We receive thousands of highly-rated reviews every month and we love to hear of our models’ success!